Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Antioch Police Department’s K9 Hank to Get Body Armor
Antioch Police Department’s K9 Hank will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Hank’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Fanchon”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Police K9 Hank was born in the Czech Republic in April of 2015 and is a male German Shepherd trained in narcotics detection, obedience, tracking of human scent, locating lost articles, clean currency proofing, aggression control and handler protection.
Hank got his name thanks to some creative Antioch students who won a school naming contest and had their submission selected from nearly 1000 entries.
Since beginning his Antioch Police Department career in June of 2016 Hank has been very busy! Hank has been deployed over sixty times in the field and to his credit he has numerous cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and cannabis drug arrests. K9 Hank and Officer McCameron have also participated in several K9 narcotics sweeps at local high schools. Hank has located four illegal handguns which now means these guns can no longer be used on the street. He has also tracked home and car burglary suspects resulting in their eventual arrests. Hank also makes regular public appearances at schools and community events to show off his unique physical and obedience skills.
Hank’s partner, Officer McCameron looks forward to soon being able to train and deploy Hank with his new custom made body armor thanks to Vested Interest. According to Officer McCameron, he has worn his body armor to work every day and he is grateful that his partner can now have the same opportunity to stay safe.